Ramakant Achrekar, coach of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, died on Wednesday at the age of 87 owing to age-related ailments at his home.

Achrekar competed in just one first-class match in his entire playing career but his contribution to the world of cricket by discovering and shaping the biggest batsman in international cricket after Donald Bradman, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar is inexplicable.

Ramakant Achrekar is best known for being the coach of master blaster, Tendulkar has been acknowledged by him many times for his pivotal role in shaping his career as a child. Besides Sachin, he also coached some prominent Indian cricket players like Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

He was bestowed with Padmashree award in 2010 by the Government of India for his valuable contribution to the sporting world.

“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with his presence. Like many of his students, I learned the ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance”, Sachin said.

Prime minister, Narendra Modi on Thursday tweeted his condolences for the demise of Achrekar and mentioned that he was a “shining beacon of the Guru Parmpara” and an “outstanding mentor”.